The idea for Schulz Hotels was inspired by an impromptu trip by three old friends and business partners to South Africa. In Durban they meet a fascinating German named Schulz who’s at home anywhere in the world. He’s open and interested, hospitable and knows his way around. The stay with Schulz sparked the idea for Schulz Hotels. Find out here how it all began …
At the baggage carousel in Durban, they strike up a conversation with the man who’d been speaking an African language behind them on the plane. He was German. Hey, do you have any idea offhand where one can find a place to stay tonight? Yes, stay at my place. I’ve been apartment-sitting for a friend for a few weeks now. I rent out the guestroom to people like you. If you want, come along with me. By the way, I’m Schulz.
At the terminal exit, Schulz hails over a minibus that’s blaring loud music. As they climb into it, they notice that the bus has a 10-person capacity but at least nine people are already seated. The lack of seats doesn’t seem to bother anyone and they quickly strike up a conversation with the others. Cool music!
Schulz shows them the city’s attraction and takes them to some trendy locations. This is where young people meet afternoons to listen to music and have a beach BBQ. Over there’s an indoor market where I love to shop for groceries. Surfing is a part of life in Durban. An Austrian friend of mine spends the European autumn and winter here at the oceanfront – or on the waves.
They cook together in Schulz‘ kitchen and talk about life deep into the night. The three of them are impressed by the fellow who – as they find out – lives like this not only in Durban but in other places too. He calls six continents home and reconciles apparent opposites in other respects as well. Just like the three friends. Say, why do you travel around with a backpack when you could afford much more?
Oskar, Sascha and Nizar begin to wax lyrical on the third night with Schulz. Who would have thought that we’d get to delve so deeply into local life? It’s better than any hotel; all hotels should be like this! Hey boys, we can do hotels! Let’s set up a hotel that’s like our adventure here with Schulz: Cosmopolitan, warm, familiar …